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Nigeria’s electronic waste is a public health problem and needs urgent attention

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A new report from the World Health Organization warns that exposure of pregnant women to e-waste increases the risk of stillbirth and premature birth. Pollution researcher Okunola Alabi spoke to Wale Fatade of The Conversation Africa about the e-waste problem in Nigeria.

How serious is e-waste exposure of women and children in Nigeria?

Human exposure to e-waste is increasing in Nigeria. This is due to indiscriminate disposal and harsh informal recycling practices in the country. To make matters worse, many electronic markets and informal landfills are located in residential areas. As a result, children and women are exposed to the toxic components of electronic waste. These are constantly being set on fire, emitting toxic fumes into the atmosphere and contaminating the underground drinking water.

This has adversely affected the health and wellbeing of those exposed to these hazardous components. In 2020, we reported heavy metals bioaccumulating in the blood of children exposed to e-waste, accompanied by significant DNA damage.

Women make up about 40% of all informal recycling workers and people who derive value from e-waste in Nigeria.

Studies of the effects of e-waste on women and children are limited in Nigeria. But we did some research in the area. In a study we asked workers and residents in Lagos about their perception of this risk. Our research showed that women who work in and live near the two largest electronics stores in Lagos reported spontaneous abortions and cancer. Spontaneous abortions and cancer accounted for 5.3% and 6%, respectively, of the health problems reported in this study.

Many of the chemicals in e-waste have the potential to cause DNA damage in both mothers and fetuses. Indiscriminate disposal and informal recycling pose serious public health risks for pregnant women and women of childbearing potential.

How does Nigeria dispose of its electronic waste and what are the dangers of this?

The country lacks official recycling activities and effective management guidelines. Electronic waste is disposed of with municipal waste, deposited informally or left in apartments, offices and warehouses. Large amounts are burned outdoors and roughly recycled. This pollutes the environment and endangers the health of workers on the construction sites and residents. Burning e-waste increases the rate at which groundwater becomes contaminated with toxic chemicals. Groundwater is the reservoir for drinking water. Drinking contaminated water has been linked to various infections and diseases.

Electronic scrap components are poisonous and not biodegradable. If electronic waste is improperly dismantled and recycled, toxic metals and pollutants are released into the environment.

The WHO estimates that Nigeria generated N64.2 billion worth of electronic waste in 2019 and is second only to Egypt in Africa.

This should be of serious concern in Nigeria, which has a population of over 200 million. The waste generated in Nigeria, along with what is imported, pollutes the environment with hazardous chemicals. It is imperative that governments at all levels take the disposal and treatment of electronic waste seriously in order to protect the environment and public health.

Our government can also unlock the potential for income generation if many of the components of e-waste can be safely recovered and recycled. Examples include steel, aluminum, gold, copper, and circuit boards. If they were recovered using standard acceptable recycling practices, Nigeria could generate revenue.

What should citizens and government do?

The exposure to human health from pollutants has not been well studied in Nigeria. This should be a priority given the high levels of contamination previously found in soil, well water and edible plants.

The National Environmental Standards Regulations Enforcement Agency should review indiscriminate waste disposal. This would reduce open landfilling and burning.

The government should clean up the contaminated soil and water in landfills.

The federal government must separate residential areas from electronic markets in order to prevent local residents from being exposed to pollutants.

People need to be educated about the dangers of electronic waste and how to dispose of it.

Workers in electronic markets must wear protective clothing. Legal regulations are required to protect these employees.

There is an urgent need in Nigeria for legislation specifically addressing e-waste. Established rules such as guidelines of the European Union and draft laws of the National Development and Reform Commission of China should serve as guidelines.

Other steps include adequate waste management funding; Support for recycling and disposal companies; and development of management technology. The European Union has guidelines for the use of safe fabrics and recyclable materials in manufacturing. Manufacturers, importers and retailers should be held responsible for the collection, recycling and disposal of electrical and electronic equipment. The country also needs a system of standards and certification for used equipment.

Citizens should choose responsibly when purchasing electronic devices. You should check whether it contains any toxic substances and whether it can be recycled.

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Democrats Erase Women Through Budget “Reconciliation”

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According to the rules of the Senate, a reconciliation package should be limited to budgetary issues. But in 2021, the $ 3.5 trillion tax and spending bill that the Democrats are trying to enforce through the reconciliation process offers an opportunity for radical gender activists to infuse the language and assumptions of their ideology into federal law permit.

For example, the text on ‘Maternal Mortality’ (Part 4 of Subtitle J of Title III) consists of 15 sections providing funding for a range of grants and programs for research and education on women’s health.

And yet, in those sections that discuss mothers who may be confronted with high-risk birth-related illnesses, we find gender-neutral terminology that is repeated 18 times in more than half of the 15 sections: “Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and the puerperium “.

While “individual” or “person” is common in legal documents when the speaker can be male or female, that doesn’t explain what’s going on here. The use of vague, insignificant terms is an attempt to reconcile legal language with an ideology that denies the innate duality of male and female.

The use of the generic “persons” in subtitle J with “pregnant”, “breastfeeding” or “after childbirth” is even different from the rest of the calculation. For example, a separate section on Medicaid refers to “Pregnant and Postpartum Women”. But in such cases the bill refers to past laws that already use the word “women”, such as the 1994 Law on Violence Against Women.

Often these are direct quotations from laws that are already in the books, so gender editors have to keep the “offensive” words.

The career path is unmistakable: Wherever possible, references to women are castrated. We have seen this Congress’s commitment to the radical gender ideology of the awakened left since its inauguration days. In early January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, made gender-neutral language standard practice for Congress.

This approach remains in place even if the draft law deals exclusively with issues specific to women. In 2021, the decision to refer to a woman as a “pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum person” suggests that someone does not need to be a woman to be pregnant, breastfeeding, or experience postpartum health complications.

That, of course, is exactly the point. For some radical gender activists, being a woman is more a function of education and self-determination than nature and biology. This language reflects that belief.

Unfortunately, this lively language isn’t just kept in federal filing cabinets as an artifact of history. It will drive hundreds of millions of dollars in spending. This direction can be painfully specific.

For example, Part 4 of Subtitle J provides resources that can be used to train America’s healthcare professionals. Section 31046 provides competitive grants of $ 85 million to eligible, accredited medical schools and programs that seek to study the health effects of climate change on maternal mortality.

The scholarship holders must use these funds for curricula and training. These programs need to focus on “identifying and addressing health risks and inequalities related to climate change, providing advice and strategies to mitigate these risks and inequalities”.

But there is an option for those less concerned about the role of changing global temperature averages on lactation. Medical schools can also use the funds to examine “implicit and explicit prejudice, racism and discrimination in the care of pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum and those intending to become pregnant”.

In abstract terms, funding the development of curricula on discrimination and bias against “pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum people” may of course sound good. But let’s not be naive about its effect, which is to impose curricula committed to gender ideology through the power of the federal treasury. It would do this under the guise of preventing “discrimination”.

Whether this promotion could improve the well-being of pregnant women or mothers, the inclusion of such gender-neutral language signals that this is about much more than supporting mothers. Rather, it is about smuggling an ideology that destroys women into society from the federal level.

Activists have tried to advance this cause through the comprehensive equality law that enshrines gender ideology in the Civil Rights Act. But they also take every opportunity to erase references to women – from civil society to the classroom to the executive branch.

Cautious lawmakers and legislatures should reject these efforts to gradually advance radical gender ideology – and bring them to light before it finds its way into the language of our laws.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal

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Chuck Daigle will be leaving Ochsner LSU Health to go back home to Baton Rouge

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Ochsner LSU Health announced Friday afternoon that Charles D. “Chuck” Daigle will be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer as soon as Ochsner Health and LSU Health Shreveport appoint a new head of the health system.

“After living in Shreveport for the past 14 years, I’ve decided to return to my hometown of Baton Rouge for personal and family reasons,” said Daigle. “I’m very interested in the communities in Northern Louisiana and will remain CEO of Ochsner LSU Health while our partners work together to fill the position.

Daigle said the decision was due to personal reasons for moving. He moves to Baton Rouge, where he takes on a management position at Ochsner Health.

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He assumes the role of Regional CEO of Ochsner Baton Rouge and Lake Charles and has operational responsibility for hospitals, health centers and emergency care in Greater Baton Rouge, Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Centers in Lake Charles and administrative responsibility for partner relationships including Louisiana Women’s Healthcare.

Since October 1, 2018 as Ochsner LSU Health, the system has been expanded to include several clinic locations and a hospital, the St. Mary Medical Center.

More than 800 employees and 280 doctors have been added to the system. Major capital improvements of more than $ 200 million have been invested in facilities and an advanced electronic health record system has been implemented along with several innovative telemedicine programs that enable people to access quality health care when and where they need it.

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“In our first three years as Ochsner LSU Health, we’ve made tremendous strides in terms of access to care and the expansion of services, dramatic improvements in facilities, quality, technology, telemedicine and more. These are meaningful improvements that save and change lives and I couldn’t be more proud of this partnership and our team, ”said Daigle.

Ochsner LSU Health has also led northern Louisiana through the COVID-19 pandemic, with extensive community testing, expanding intensive care services to handle a surge in hospital patients, and multiple vaccination sites since the vaccines were approved in December.

“Under the direction of Chuck Daigle, we watched these hospitals transform into innovative healthcare systems. The investments and improvements made will result in better and faster care for more patients while expanding medical education by providing more students and residents with an even better learning experience, ”said Dr. David Lewis, Interim Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport. “Chuck has built a strong leadership team to work with every day, and we remain committed to continued advancement in health care and medical education in Northern Louisiana as we work together to determine his successor.”

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This Woman On TikTok Ate Too Much Cinnamon And Got Sick

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A cautionary story that has nothing to do with the cinnamon challenge.

In 2015, 27-year-old Bridgette Garb had a seemingly harmless obsession with cinnamon. “I would put tablespoons (yes tablespoons, plural) in my oatmeal. I would sprinkle it in my coffee grounds, on my fruit, in my yogurt, cinnamon rice, French toast … I would even put it on my scrambled eggs – sounds gross, me knows, ”Bridgette told BuzzFeed.

About a year after her excessive use of the popular spice, Bridgette noticed that her general health was deteriorating. “I often felt dizzy and dizzy. I developed terrible hypoglycemia and kept pulling muscles and injuring myself, ”she said. “I was taking several dance classes at the time and found it difficult to participate and had to sit out a lot. I knew it had to be more than just being ‘overtired’.”

Bridgette’s father – who happens to be a doctor – had noticed her craving for cinnamon and suspected it might be related to her ailments. “He did some research and discovered that cassia cinnamon contains a naturally occurring chemical called coumarin. When consumed in excess, it can cause many of the symptoms I have experienced and others. When I learned this information, I decided it was worth giving up cold turkey to see if that would solve my problems, “she said.

Sure enough – cinnamon was the culprit! “I felt better immediately after cutting out the cinnamon, but it took about a year to get back to normal,” said Bridgette. She recently created a TikTok about her story, which now has over a million views on the platform.

For more information on the potential dangers of cinnamon, BuzzFeed reached out to Dr. Nighat Arif, a UK-based family doctor who specializes in women’s health. Just as Bridgette’s father found out during his research, Dr. Nighat that the main ingredient to look out for is coumarin. “Coumarin is a chemical compound found in several plants, including cinnamon, that can cause liver damage in large doses,” she told BuzzFeed. “The only type of cinnamon that doesn’t contain coumarin is Ceylon, which means it has the wonderful benefits of cinnamon without that disadvantage.”

“In Germany there are even guidelines on how much coumarin is tolerated. The Germans recommend 0.1 milligrams per 2.2 kilograms of body weight.”

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Dr. Nighat said, as long as you check the label to make sure the cinnamon you buy doesn’t contain coumarin, the spice can be very beneficial for your health. “It helps better [the body’s] Sugar storage, improves insulin sensitivity in the liver and helps with sugar control, ”she said. “It’s also an antioxidant, so it helps neutralize free radicals – and prevents them from damaging cells in the body. It’s a brilliant spice – I use it in my tea, cooking, etc, but only a tiny amount … no teaspoons or tablespoons! “

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If you’re someone interested in consuming cinnamon on a regular basis, some experts have suggested using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (also known as 2-4 grams) of the spice per day.

When asked how her new relationship with cinnamon is going, Bridgette said, “I was afraid of touching foods or products that contained cinnamon for a while, but now I practice moderately but I enjoy a recipe, the one Requires adequate amount of cinnamon. It’s about balance and mindfulness! “

Well there you have it – save the cinnamon folks!

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